President Trump released a statement not so long ago regarding former FBI director James Comey’s memos, which reportedly contained some classified intel that could earn him a significant time in jail.
“James Comey leaked CLASSIFIED INFORMATION to the media. That is so illegal!”
wrote President Trump last Monday.
He then retweeted a segment by Sean Hannity and Fox & Friends featuring head of House Oversight Committee Jason Chaffetz, who also commented on the situation.
The first one who mentioned this story was The Hill, which stated that most of Comey’s memos contained some classified intelligence, which was quite good news for the President, given that his son Trump Jr. is currently under heavy fire by the mainstream media for setting up a meeting between him and a Russian lawyer last year.
If this report from The Hill turns out to be true, it would mean that James Comey may have broken the law on several occasions during the handling of classified information for the memos he wrote regarding his conversations with President Trump.
All in all there were seven memos Comey wrote, four of which have been deemed to contain classified info.
Former FBI director Comey leaked at least one of the memos by sharing it through his longtime friend, a Columbia University Law professor.
The irony here is that James Comey openly condemned Hillary Clinton for her careless handling of classified information during the FBI’s investigation into her private email server she used as State Secretary.
According to the testimony he gave last month before Congress, Comey gave a memo describing his conversations with President Trump to a close friend and told him to share its contents with a journalist.
This friend of Comey’s, a Columbia Law School professor Daniel Richman, claimed that he is willing to turn over to the FBI any memos he kept of Comey’s conversations with Trump.
According to Comey, President Trump fired him on May 9th just so he could undermine the agency’s investigation into the alleged Russian collusion.
“So you didn’t consider your memo or your sense of that conversation to be a government document?,” Sen. Roy Blunt asked Comey during the hearing.
“You considered it to be, somehow, your own personal document that you could share to the media as you wanted through a friend?” Blunt probed.
“Correct,” Comey replied.
“I understood this to be my recollection recorded of my conversation with the president. As a private citizen, I thought it important to get it out.”
Comey highlighted that he believed the memos he wrote to be unclassified.
“I immediately prepared an unclassified memo of the conversation about Flynn and discussed the matter with FBI senior leadership,” he testified about the memo he later leaked.
That memo was about a conversation he had with the president that revolved around former National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.
“My view was that the content of those unclassified, memorialization of those conversations was my recollection recorded,” Comey said.
However, when presented to Congress, the FBI stated that these memos were government documents.
Four out of his seven memos were deemed as “secret” or “confidential” – which clearly showed they contained some kind of classified intel.
The FBI has very strict rules about prohibiting agents from disclosing classified info regarding ongoing investigations without permission.
“Unauthorized disclosure, misuse, or negligent handling of information contained in the files, electronic or paper, of the FBI or which I may acquire as an employee of the FBI could impair national security, place human life in jeopardy, result in the denial of due process, prevent the FBI from effectively discharging its responsibilities, or violate federal law,” according to the FBI Employment Agreement, a document that is signed by all of the bureau’s personnel.
The agreement states that “all information acquired by me in connection with my official duties with the FBI and all official material to which I have access remain the property of the United States of America’ and that an agent ‘will not reveal, by any means, any information or material from or related to FBI files or any other information acquired by virtue of my official employment to any unauthorized recipient without prior official written authorization by the FBI.”
Former FBI director Comey pointed out that the moment he got fired from the FBI, the memos were under his possession.
During his testimony before Congress last month, he said that he turned them over to Robert Mueller, the recently appointed special counsel in the investigation into possible collusion between Russia and Trump.
This new revelation about Comey leaking memos that contain classified information could open the gates to congressional investigators to a probe whether Comey mishandled the classified information.